I love the free webmail services out there but hate having years of mail tied up in one of these products.
I'm looking for a way to cache a mailbox locally but still be able to access it from a locally installed imap client.
I looked at offlineimap, which looks great except its doing a two-way sync. If mail gets deleted in gmail, it will also delete it in my local copy. There doesn't appear to be a way to configure it to do something that looks more like traditional pop access where the new message is copied locally and deleted from the remote source.
Has anyone done something like this before? I'm not tied to imap. If there is a pop based solution out there, I'm all ears. I'm using ubuntu 11.10.